John Donner

1825–1917 (Age 91)
Mainz, Mainz, Hessen, Germany

The Life of John

When John Donner was born on 4 August 1825, in Mainz, Mainz, Hessen, Germany, his father, Peter Donner, was 35 and his mother, Barbara Naffziger, was 30. He married Sarah Burwell on 5 August 1850, in Tazewell, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Hittle Township, Tazewell, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Clayton, Contra Costa, California, United States in 1880. He died on 23 May 1917, in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa, California, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Contra Costa, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Donner
1825–1917
Sarah Burwell
1832–1911
Marriage: 5 August 1850
Jonathan Donner Jr.
1851–1926
Hiram S. Donner
1855–1894
Mary Jane Jennie Donner
1857–1921
Elizabeth Donner
1858–1901
Hattie Esther Donner
1862–1935
Franklin Donner
1863–1913
Ella Donner
1865–1952
Emma Florence Donner
1872–1954
Olive Donner
1875–1956
Julietta Donner
1877–

Spouse & Children

  • Male1825–1917Male

  • Sarah Burwell

    Female1832–1911Female

MARRIAGE
5 August 1850
Tazewell, Illinois, United States
children

(10)

  • Jonathan Donner Jr.

    Male1851–1926Male

  • Hiram S. Donner

    Male1855–1894Male

  • Mary Jane Jennie Donner

    Female1857–1921Female

  • Elizabeth Donner

    Female1858–1901Female

  • Hattie Esther Donner

    Female1862–1935Female

+5 More Children

Parents & Siblings

siblings

(8)

  • Peter Donner Jr

    Male1818–1909Male

  • Male1820–1897Male

  • Christian Donner

    Male1823–1911Male

  • Male1825–1917Male

  • Joseph William Donner

    Male1826–1862Male

+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 7

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1850 · California Is Admitted to Union

Age 25

California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, and became the 31st state.

Name Meaning

1 German: nickname for a loud or irascible man, from Middle High German doner ‘thunder’ (Old High German thonar).2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental adoption of German Donner ‘thunder’.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • John Doner, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Donner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Donner, "United States Census, 1880"

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